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23rd Nov '16 7:55:29 PM kquinn0830
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* Zack Martin from ''Series/{{The Suite Life|of Zack and Cody}}'' series is shown to get terrible grades often shows poor general knowledge. his mother seems amazed he somehow passed history after he thought President Lincoln lived in Gettysburg and died at the movies (he refers to him as that Abe guy with the beard and the hat.). However, he's probably as smart as his overachieving twin brother Cody, but often lacks proper motivation and would rather coast through life than put in the work. He has been shown when putting in the effort to be an excellent student in even English which he failed.

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* Zack Martin from ''Series/{{The Suite Life|of Zack and Cody}}'' series is shown to get terrible grades often shows poor general knowledge. his mother seems amazed he somehow passed history after he thought President Lincoln lived in Gettysburg and died at the movies (he refers to him as that Abe guy with the beard and the hat.). However, he's probably as smart as his overachieving twin brother Cody, but often lacks proper motivation and would rather coast through life than put in the work. He has been shown when putting in the effort to be an excellent student in even English which he failed. Part of the problem is that Cody is so smart that Zack feels that no matter how good his grades are or how well he does on an assignment, he will always be overshadowed by what his genius brother does.
20th Nov '16 9:17:54 AM Megadoomer
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** Admiral Aokiji. Most of the time he's on screen he's either sleeping or relaxing on a chair. He also happens to be one of the Three Admirals, the Marines' most powerful commanders, who in his first appearance brutally curbstomps half of the Straw Hats with almost zero effort (he takes out Robin and Luffy in a single attack). That's not even getting into the sheer carnage he causes at Marineford... However, the most telling case occurs during the timeskip. [[spoiler:Sengoku retires after the stress of the job of Fleet Admiral gets to him, especially after the Five Elder Stars cover up the escape of extremely dangerous criminals. He recommends Aokiji for the job, but other officials elect Akainu. While Aokiji would normally never go for such a job, the idea of Akainu becoming head of all Marines is enough for him to get serious. So serious in fact he challenges Akainu to a duel for the job, the loser giving up the spot. This duel between the two Admials goes on for ''ten days'' and permanently creates severe weather on the island they are on (massive blizzards on one side and a hot volcanic hell on the other). Despite having the elemental advantage, Akainu barely won and Aokiji quit rather than work for Akainu.]]

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** Admiral Aokiji. Most of the time he's on screen he's either sleeping or relaxing on a chair. He also happens to be one of the Three Admirals, the Marines' most powerful commanders, who in his first appearance brutally curbstomps half of the Straw Hats with almost zero effort (he takes out Robin and Luffy in a single attack). That's not even getting into the sheer carnage he causes at Marineford... However, the most telling case occurs during the timeskip. [[spoiler:Sengoku retires after the stress of the job of Fleet Admiral gets to him, especially after the Five Elder Stars cover up the escape of extremely dangerous criminals. He recommends Aokiji for the job, but other officials elect Akainu. [[GeneralRipper Akainu]]. While Aokiji would normally never go for such a job, the idea of [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Akainu becoming head of all Marines Marines]] is enough for him to get serious. So serious in fact he challenges Akainu to a duel for the job, the loser giving up the spot. This duel between the two Admials goes on for ''ten days'' and permanently creates severe weather on the island they are on (massive blizzards on one side and a hot volcanic hell on the other). Despite having the elemental advantage, Akainu barely won and Aokiji quit rather than work for Akainu.]]
14th Nov '16 8:05:04 AM rafi
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* Professor Ryoto from ''Manga/WildLife''. One of their best veterinarians, but spends a lot of his time slacking off and reading manga, while tricking poor Tesshou into doing his work.
* ''Manga/LoveAtFourteen'': Nagai. Hinohara knows this and motivates him(through questionable means).
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog is often portrayed this way, particularly in [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVA]]--he doesn't even lift a finger to save his elderly owl neighbor (though his tone implies this isn't the first time this has happened), instead allowing an irate Tails to try and take care of it. It's not until it's apparent that the both of them are in grave danger that he does anything to help them. Of course, since he has SuperSpeed, he can afford to wait until the last minute.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shikamaru Nara may be one of the [[TeenGenius smartest ninjas]] in the entire world with an IQ over 200, but he has the energy levels of a 80-year-old man in the body of a teenager and would rather sit back and grumble while playing board games than do any actual work. At the beginning, he was so lazy that he was willing to fail school instead of studying. (It's explained he had the second lowest grades in the academy, and counting Naruto's CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, the ''lowest''.) Even lifting the pencil to take a test was a chore for him. Despite this, he was so smart he passed anyway. He may have also forced himself to work just enough to pass without having the absolute worst grade in the class. His mom would hassle him endlessly if he flunked, and that's even more work to deal with.
*** In ''Naruto Shippuden'', after some CharacterDevelopment triggered by [[spoiler:Asuma's death]], he becomes more of a BadassBookworm, regarded as one of the best candidates for Hokage. Because of this, [[spoiler:he singlehandedly takes down Hidan, a member of Akatsuki, to the point where it constitutes a Curbstomp. Not only does he kill the immortal by blowing up everything but his head and burying it, still living, in a pretty deep hole, BUT he tricks the guy into killing his own teammate first]]. Shikamaru was also the ''only'' participant in the Chunin Exams that actually got promoted, despite forfeiting his match against Temari (having determined that there was no way he could win). The rest of the Konoha 11 (except for Naruto and Sasuke) eventually caught up to him, with Neji overtaking him, due to his laziness and lack of ambition. Even ''then'', he still can command even Jonin, the level above him, on missions. Later in that same arc, the Sound ninja used a genjutsu to put everyone in the arena to sleep. Only some of the elite Leaf ninja figured out what was happening and dispelled the technique on themselves. Shikamaru was among those few, but still pretended to be sleeping so he wouldn't have to join the battle.
*** This is developed further on and he does mention that he will help Naruto with his dream of being Hokage. This after seeing an interaction with [[spoiler: the resurrected goofy First Hokage and his serious younger brother, the Second Hokage]] interact and coming to the conclusion Naruto needs someone to be able to advise him on matters.
** We also have Deidara, whose power is instantaneous, but prefers to sit back and watch for awhile.
* Pretty much any of the vampires in ''Manga/VampireKnight''. Especially Aido.
* Kenshin's master from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is capable of laying the smackdown on basically anything, but doesn't do so much because he prefers to make Kenshin do the heavy lifting. The other theory on his inactivity is that he knows whichever side he chooses to aid will win, so he doesn't choose.
* Also, ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Yue Ayase (she already has a similar position on the [[Pantheon/{{Knowledge}} Pantheon]]). She's TheSmartGuy MrExposition who only fails in class because she's too depressed to study. When she [[spoiler:entered WizardingSchool and]] found a class she's interested in, she went from a complete novice to being the most capable student in the entire school ''within one month''.
* Eriko Futami from ''VideoGame/{{Kimikiss}}'' skips nearly all her classes but places at the top of every examination consistently.
* Motegi (Belowski in the dub), a minor character from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He's an excellent duelist who can see and communicate with Duel Spirits (who uses a Human Wave Deck, a difficult strategy to master) but tends to lose interest in anything except dueling and fall asleep when he gets bored.
* Kyon in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (at least in the novels) is shown to be quite intelligent and observant and doesn't mind rubbing [[ViewersAreGeniuses references to advanced physics, ancient mythology, history and psychology in your face]]. He is also a highly apathetic and cynical guy who barely [[BookDumb does above average in school]]. [[UnreliableNarrator Or so he says. The occasional line from other characters implies he is of much higher academic status than he claims. Like top of the class]]. Also, Koizumi teaches him how to play Go during one of their usual club meetings where they do absolutely nothing. After a few games, Kyon is easily beating Koizumi. It is also implied that Koizumi just really sucks at board games, so Kyon beating him might not be a sign of vast intellect.
* Oreki Houtarou in ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' has proven to be remarkably intelligent and gifted with quick deductions, and (as theorized by his best friend Satoshi) would have been one of the most popular and academically outstanding men in his school if he weren't so lazy.
-->'''Oreki:''' If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I have to, I'll do it quick.

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* Professor Ryoto Yurine from ''Manga/WildLife''. One of their ''Manga/AnoKiss'' is the best veterinarians, but at everything without even trying and spends a lot most of his her time slacking off sleeping in class (including cooking class!). You could say she isn't so much lazy as completely lacking motivation, both because she never has to work hard and reading manga, while tricking poor Tesshou into doing his work.
* ''Manga/LoveAtFourteen'': Nagai. Hinohara knows this and motivates him(through questionable means).
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog
because she considers herself a nuisance for other people. She ''can'' get serious when she has an actual reason to--said reason is most often portrayed this way, particularly in [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie her competition with the OVA]]--he girl she loves, Ayaka.
* Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' shows signs of intelligence, but clearly
doesn't even lift a finger put it to save his elderly owl neighbor (though his tone implies any use, academic or mundane. The only sign of her intelligence is the high marks she gets when she actually does study. Her 100% on the health test (beating out ChildProdigy Chiyo) highlights this isn't best, but another example is her getting into the same school Yomi did.
* Hiramaru from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''--self-taught manga artist and writer who took one glimpse at recent issue of ''Magazine/ShonenJump'', learned a few tricks, and produced manga so good it got serialized on
the first time this has happened), instead allowing an irate Tails try. However, he decided to try and take care of it. It's not until it's apparent that the both of them are in grave danger that make manga because he does anything to help them. Of course, since he has SuperSpeed, he can afford to wait until the last minute.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shikamaru Nara may be one of the [[TeenGenius smartest ninjas]] in the entire world with an IQ over 200, but he has the energy levels of a 80-year-old man in the body of a teenager and would rather sit back and grumble while playing board games than do any actual work. At the beginning, he was so lazy that he was willing to fail school instead of studying. (It's explained he had the second lowest grades in the academy, and counting Naruto's CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, the ''lowest''.) Even lifting the pencil to take a test was a chore for him. Despite this, he was so smart he passed anyway. He may have also forced himself to work just enough to pass without having the absolute worst grade in the class. His mom would hassle him endlessly if he flunked, and
thought that's even more work to deal with.
*** In ''Naruto Shippuden'', after some CharacterDevelopment triggered by [[spoiler:Asuma's death]],
an easy job and once he becomes more of finds out it's not a BadassBookworm, regarded as one of the best candidates for Hokage. Because of this, [[spoiler:he singlehandedly takes down Hidan, a member of Akatsuki, to the point where it constitutes a Curbstomp. Not only cakewalk, he does he kill the immortal by blowing up everything but his head and burying it, still living, in he can to avoid working. His editor shows several signs of being a pretty deep hole, BUT MagnificentBastard with new ways he tricks or forces him to do his job.
* Roger Smith of ''Anime/TheBigO'' is 'bout half an example. When he has [[WeHelpTheHelpless a job]], he'll go at it with
the guy into killing his own teammate first]]. Shikamaru was also the ''only'' participant in the Chunin Exams that actually got promoted, despite forfeiting his match against Temari (having determined that there was no way he could win). The tenacity of a badger, and won't rest 'till it's done. If he DOESN'T have a mission scheduled, however, he's quite content to stay in bed all day--most of the Konoha 11 (except for Naruto and Sasuke) eventually caught up to him, with Neji overtaking him, due to his laziness and lack of ambition. Even ''then'', he still can command even Jonin, the level above him, on missions. Later in time, it seems that same arc, the Sound ninja used a genjutsu to put everyone in the arena to sleep. Only some of the elite Leaf ninja figured out what was happening and dispelled the technique on themselves. Shikamaru was among those few, but still pretended to be sleeping so he wouldn't have to join the battle.
*** This is developed further on and he does mention that he will help Naruto with his dream of being Hokage. This after seeing an interaction with [[spoiler: the resurrected goofy First Hokage and his serious younger brother, the Second Hokage]] interact and coming to the conclusion Naruto needs someone to be able to advise him on matters.
** We also have Deidara, whose power is instantaneous, but prefers to sit back and watch for awhile.
* Pretty much any of the vampires in ''Manga/VampireKnight''. Especially Aido.
* Kenshin's master from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is capable of laying the smackdown on basically anything, but doesn't do so much because he prefers to make Kenshin do the heavy lifting. The other theory on his inactivity is that he knows whichever side he chooses to aid will win, so he doesn't choose.
* Also, ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Yue Ayase (she already has a similar position on the [[Pantheon/{{Knowledge}} Pantheon]]). She's TheSmartGuy MrExposition who
only fails in class because she's too depressed to study. When she [[spoiler:entered WizardingSchool and]] found a class she's interested in, she went from a complete novice to being the most capable student in the entire school ''within one month''.
* Eriko Futami from ''VideoGame/{{Kimikiss}}'' skips nearly all her classes but places at the top of every examination consistently.
* Motegi (Belowski in the dub), a minor character from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He's an excellent duelist who can see and communicate with Duel Spirits (who uses a Human Wave Deck, a difficult strategy to master) but tends to lose interest in anything except dueling and fall asleep when
reason he gets bored.
* Kyon in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (at
up at ALL is due to [[RobotGirl R. Dorothy Waynewright]]'s nerve-wracking piano-playing. In an early episode, he goes through a major mission (including obligatory HumongousMecha battle) [[ProfessionalSlacker just to get her some piano-lessons]] so she'll at least in the novels) is shown to be quite intelligent and observant and doesn't mind rubbing [[ViewersAreGeniuses references to advanced physics, ancient mythology, history and psychology in your face]]. He is also a highly apathetic and cynical guy who barely [[BookDumb does above average in school]]. [[UnreliableNarrator Or so he says. The occasional line from other characters implies he is of much higher academic status than he claims. Like top of the class]]. Also, Koizumi teaches wake him how up ''gently''. (It works, but even afterwards she still resorts to play Go during one of their usual club meetings where they do absolutely nothing. After a few games, Kyon is easily beating Koizumi. It is also implied that Koizumi just really sucks at board games, so Kyon beating him might not be a sign of vast intellect.
* Oreki Houtarou
her old rapid-fire "Alarm Clock" playing whenever Roger stays in ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' has proven to be remarkably intelligent and gifted with quick deductions, and (as theorized by his best friend Satoshi) would have been one of the most popular and academically outstanding men in his school if he weren't so lazy.
-->'''Oreki:''' If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I have to, I'll do it quick.
bed 'till late afternoon.)



* Ran from ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' is an extremely talented sword fighter, but prefers to spend her time [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl looking for sake]] and lying around in sunny fields. Don't you ''dare'' do anything to Meow, though. Or deprive her of her much-beloved sake.
* Reconstructed, as much as this trope can be, in ''Manga/ShamanKing''. Yoh is Brilliant But Lazy, sure. However, he wants [[ToBeAMaster to be the Shaman King]] (who essentially gains the powers of God)...so he can relax and do nothing for the rest of his life. He essentially is willing to work his ass off so that he will eventually never have to do anything again.
* Yang Wen-li from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Like most main characters of this trope, after a {{Heroic BSOD}} event, he stops [[CharacterDevelopment being lazy]] which always means OhCrap for his enemies.

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* Ran from ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' is an extremely talented sword fighter, but prefers In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[GuileHero Yukimura]] gets the Braves to spend her time [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl looking do all the heavy lifting for sake]] him in private and lying around in sunny fields. Don't you ''dare'' do anything to Meow, though. Or deprive her of her much-beloved sake.
* Reconstructed, as much as this trope can be, in ''Manga/ShamanKing''. Yoh is Brilliant But Lazy, sure. However, he wants [[ToBeAMaster
public matters, and would sooner pretend to be the Shaman King]] (who essentially gains the powers of God)...so he can relax and do nothing for the rest of sick in bed rather than greet his life. He essentially is willing to work own brother, but his ass off so that he will eventually never have to do anything again.
* Yang Wen-li from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Like most main characters of this trope, after a {{Heroic BSOD}} event, he stops [[CharacterDevelopment being lazy]] which always means OhCrap for his enemies.
[[TheStrategist brilliance]] is unquestionable.



* Hajime Kindaichi of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' is this in the academic sense. Still, it's pointed out to him that the most shining example of his intelligence (solving [[LockedRoomMystery locked room murders]]) isn't exactly the kind of thing that'll get him into a good school. He's basically lazy about everything EXCEPT a good murder mystery. When one of those comes along, he's incredibly dedicated.

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* Hajime Kindaichi Spike Spiegel from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' may not be a genius, but he is a better shogi player than Jet and outwits criminals regularly. He is also rarely seen upright without the promise of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' food.
* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He
is this the third-smartest student from Wammy's House, but would much rather be playing video games than doing just about anything else. It's implied that he ''could'' have surpassed both Mello and Near and won the title of L's Successor, but that he chose not to.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** PlayedWith regarding some of the Saiyans.
*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter
in the academic sense. Still, universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, and has developed a tendency to not keep up with his martial arts training in times of peace so his strength and ability greatly fluctuates. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking very serious, Gohan becomes intensely focused on training and shows off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly pursuits, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult. It's not so much that he is ''lazy'', more that he tends to put effort into his other interests if he is able to.
*** Goku has spent his life training with many people to become stronger and shows a love of doing so coinciding with his Saiyan blood and his own personality. However, because training, fighting and eating are his main interests,
it's pointed out hard to get him to do anything else. This is a point of constant tension between Chi-Chi and him since she wants him to get a job. She eventually gets her way, making Goku get a job as a farmer, which in a roundabout way suits him due to its potential to be physically laborious.
*** Much like Goku, if it doesn't relate to becoming stronger, Vegeta has no interest in it. This is lampshaded by Bulma when she asks how can Saiyans spend days training, yet refuse to do something simple like cut the grass.
*** Goten and Trunks are straighter examples. They have the talent to far surpass their fathers, but like Gohan, lack the instinctive love of combat so while they train, they are often distracted in doing other things like playing around as kids.
** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life, realizing
that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would training do for someone like him? [[spoiler:He still falls into this, however, since he doesn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learns from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the most shining example of Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone has to die]] before he can be bothered to so much as track down the Z-Fighters himself, let alone challenge them -- he assumes Dodoria and Zarbon would deal with his Vegeta problem, and when that doesn't happen, he calls in the Ginyu Force, only to find out later while he is off on an errand (to figure out how to activate the Dragon Balls) that ''they all got killed as well''.
* Dr. Greg "Bear" Egan from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is something on an example...it's just that his lethargy and
intelligence (solving [[LockedRoomMystery locked room murders]]) isn't exactly don't really interact very much. His reclusive nature and torpid speed of movement is mainly due to his colossal size and enormous weight problem.
* Agon of ''Manga/Eyeshield21''. Said to be
the kind quarterback that comes only once every 100 years, and he never shows up to practice. He spends every day womanizing, beating up people, ditching those women, and the few times he practices, he doesn't even put on his uniform. And he's still awesome at football. A rare villainous example of thing that'll get this trope; part of the reason Agon is so odious is because he was born with incredible talent and can dominate almost anyone without putting forth any effort. He is fully aware of this and even laughs about it, mocking those who try hard. In a series that's all about improving oneself through hard work and effort, that puts him into a good school. He's in direct philosophical opposition to basically lazy about everything EXCEPT a every other character. Emphasized by Agon's brother, who has had to work hard his entire life to be half as good murder mystery. When one of those comes along, he's incredibly dedicated.as Agon is.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Lucy notes this trope early on in the manga, stating that if she trained her celestial spirits (which are already fairly powerful), they could potentially be more powerful than [[TheHero Natsu]]. However, her initial cowardly nature forces her to take a more WeakButSkilled approach to fighting.



* Fujitaka from ''Manga/KitchenPrincess'' acts like a bum most of the time, but he used to work at a three star restaurant and occasionally busts out his cooking skills.
* Verossa Acous of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is an excellent investigator, but often is late for or skips work.

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* Fujitaka Kyon in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (at least in the novels) is shown to be quite intelligent and observant and doesn't mind rubbing [[ViewersAreGeniuses references to advanced physics, ancient mythology, history and psychology in your face]]. He is also a highly apathetic and cynical guy who barely [[BookDumb does above average in school]]. [[UnreliableNarrator Or so he says. The occasional line from ''Manga/KitchenPrincess'' acts like a bum most other characters implies he is of much higher academic status than he claims. Like top of the time, but class]]. Also, Koizumi teaches him how to play Go during one of their usual club meetings where they do absolutely nothing. After a few games, Kyon is easily beating Koizumi. It is also implied that Koizumi just really sucks at board games, so Kyon beating him might not be a sign of vast intellect.
* Miyako of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is a non-BookDumb example. Every time we saw her in classes that are not studio arts, she always dozes off -- yet her junior high grades were so great that she had the academic portion of her high school admission exam exempted.
* Played with in ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan''. Umaru actually ''does'' get solid grades, excels in school, and presents the outward image of being TheAce. The instant she's back at home and inside, she reverts to her true nature of a lazy SpoiledBrat {{Otaku}} who would happily spend all day watching anime, playing video games, and buying stuff off the BlandNameProduct version of Amazon.
* Oreki Houtarou in ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' has proven to be remarkably intelligent and gifted with quick deductions, and (as theorized by his best friend Satoshi) would have been one of the most popular and academically outstanding men in his school if
he used weren't so lazy.
-->'''Oreki:''' If I don't have
to do it, I won't. If I have to, I'll do it quick.
* ''Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'':
** Neptune from can be a very competent politician when she's not playing video games or trying to push her
work at onto Histoire.
** Also Vert if she's not busy spending days on end playing an MMO, she's smart enough to [[spoiler: make
a three star restaurant plan that gets Nepgear to strip naked]].
* The male lead of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' Naoki is TeenGenius N°1 in Japan but never bothers to actually
and occasionally busts out his cooking skills.
* Verossa Acous
doesn't understand why anyone is so anxious of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is an excellent investigator, but going to university to continue studying. His mother explains, since there's nothing he can't accomplish, he lacks dreams and ambitions.
* Saruhiko Fushimi from ''Anime/{{K}}''. He has been mentioned to be extremely talented, except that he slacks off more
often than not. He became third-in-command of Scepter 4 by the age of 19.
* Hirasawa Yui from ''Manga/KOn'' mostly obeys this trope. One time she
is so busy practicing her guitar that she doesn't study for an exam and fails it which requires her to take a make up exam. Yui's fellow band members (mostly Mio) help her study for the make up exam, and she ends up getting 100% - better than any of them. On the other hand, it seems like [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining to learn one thing she has to forget something else]].
* Akitsune of ''Manga/KataribeNoList'' can appraise any antique on sight, quickly comes up with ways to use or counter the Grimm artifacts, and barely keeps up in school despite constantly showing up
late for or skips work.sleeping through class. But he'd rather just skip school entirely.



* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Minako Aino from is a dedicated fighter, but a complete loser when it comes to pretty much everything else. Notable because she ''is'' intelligent (as shown in the manga by her plans and how she was able to play the BodyDouble to Usagi and in the anime by just how fast she could learn English, something most Japanese have extreme trouble with, by just staying in London for a while), but she just can't be bothered. In [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her origin story]] Artemis even bemoans just how troublesome it is to train her because she just won't care... until he finds out [[TaughtByTelevision how easily she picks up things from video games]] and loves her appearance, [[GenreSavvy thus taking care of the theory by creating a video game that works also as a training simulator and pointing out she is getting fat from eating too much to get her to train her body]] (at least until she becomes MarriedToTheJob).
** Usagi Tsukino could count for sheer power, but that's not really brilliance. Usagi ''isn't'' brilliant, but could get decent grades if she simply did the work.
** A better example may be her brother Shingo in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], who effortlessly gets good grades, is a whiz at most video games, and is a tinkerer ''par excellence'' (he once rigs the bathroom scale to break hilariously once Usagi steps on it) but spends a lot of his free time messing around and picking on his sister.
* The male lead of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' Naoki is TeenGenius N°1 in Japan but never bothers to actually and doesn't understand why anyone is so anxious of going to university to continue studying. His mother explains, since there's nothing he can't accomplish, he lacks dreams and ambitions.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma, in the manga at least is very intelligent, far more than many people credit him as being, judging by fan fiction. Similar to Shikumaru above, Ranma does just enough not to appear stupid to in the eyes of others. The biggest example of this is the fact that Ranma isn't worried about Principal Kunō showing Ranma's grades to everyone which implies that either Ranma does not generally get bad grades or he really doesn't care about them (a view point that is countered by Ranma's actions when Principal Kunō implied they are extremely low). Ranma is also happy with his grade when it was shown on CMN news, meaning it isn't that bad a grade. In addition Miss Hinako doesn't really attempt to get him to improve, she tries to get him to take school seriously and conform. Ranma is a martial arts nerd that is not overly interested in many other things; learning the names of every past ruler of Japan or all the baseball teams would be viewed as a pointless waste of time, since he'd see no practical purpose for that knowledge and it has nothing to do with martial arts, but if it relates to martial arts or he sees a practical purpose in acquiring the skill/knowledge he will happily do so. Another aspect of this might be the fact that despite being a ChasteHero Ranma went on more dates than all the other teenagers combined. He knows to dress up, give the girl compliments, give the girl gifts such as flowers, knows where to take them on dates, he knows the proper etiquette for being at various locations (restaurants, movies, theaters), etc.

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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Minako Aino
Pascal of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' is this. He's a very smart student in his school and he is capable of doing well in classes, but he has failed in classes three years in a row because he prefers to study in more useful/interesting things, like knitting.
* Ran
from ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' is a dedicated an extremely talented sword fighter, but a complete loser when it comes prefers to pretty much spend her time [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl looking for sake]] and lying around in sunny fields. Don't you ''dare'' do anything to Meow, though. Or deprive her of her much-beloved sake.
* Eriko Futami from ''VideoGame/{{Kimikiss}}'' skips nearly all her classes but places at the top of every examination consistently.
* Hajime Kindaichi of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' is this in the academic sense. Still, it's pointed out to him that the most shining example of his intelligence (solving [[LockedRoomMystery locked room murders]]) isn't exactly the kind of thing that'll get him into a good school. He's basically lazy about
everything else. Notable because she ''is'' intelligent (as shown in the manga by her plans and how she was able to play the BodyDouble to Usagi and in the anime by just how fast she could learn English, something EXCEPT a good murder mystery. When one of those comes along, he's incredibly dedicated.
* Fujitaka from ''Manga/KitchenPrincess'' acts like a bum
most Japanese have extreme trouble with, by just staying in London for a while), but she just can't be bothered. In [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her origin story]] Artemis even bemoans just how troublesome it is to train her because she just won't care... until he finds out [[TaughtByTelevision how easily she picks up things from video games]] and loves her appearance, [[GenreSavvy thus taking care of the theory by creating time, but he used to work at a video game that works also as a training simulator three star restaurant and pointing occasionally busts out she is getting fat his cooking skills.
* Aomine
from eating too much ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is this to get her the core. He prefers to train her body]] (at least until she becomes MarriedToTheJob).
** Usagi Tsukino could count
sleep on the rooftop rather than go to basketball practice and often shows up for sheer power, but that's not really brilliance. Usagi ''isn't'' brilliant, but could get decent grades if she simply did matches at the work.
** A better example may be her brother Shingo in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], who effortlessly gets good grades, is a whiz at most video games, and is a tinkerer ''par excellence'' (he once rigs the bathroom scale to break hilariously once Usagi steps on it) but spends a lot of his free time messing around and picking on his sister.
* The male lead of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' Naoki is TeenGenius N°1 in Japan but never
halfway mark...if he bothers to actually show up at all. However, he may [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] this--he was originally passionate about basketball, and doesn't understand why anyone is so anxious of going to university to continue studying. His mother explains, since there's nothing worked hard at it because he can't accomplish, loved it. But as he lacks dreams got better and ambitions.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma, in the manga at least is very intelligent, far
better, his opponents starting giving up more than many people credit and more easily. Eventually, he gave up on being serious about basketball, because there was no one who could equal him as being, judging by fan fiction. Similar to Shikumaru above, Ranma does just enough not to appear stupid to in the eyes of others. The biggest example at it.
* Yang Wen-li from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Like most main characters
of this trope, after a {{Heroic BSOD}} event, he stops [[CharacterDevelopment being lazy]] which always means OhCrap for his enemies.
* Ryner Lute of ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes''
is the fact that Ranma isn't worried about Principal Kunō showing Ranma's grades to everyone which implies that either Ranma does not generally get bad grades or he really doesn't care about them (a view point that most skilled mage in his kingdom, is countered by Ranma's actions when Principal Kunō implied they are extremely low). Ranma is also happy talented at combat with his grade when it was shown on CMN news, meaning it isn't that bad a grade. In addition Miss Hinako doesn't really attempt to get him to improve, she tries to get him to take school seriously lightning-fast reflexes, and conform. Ranma is a martial arts nerd that is not overly interested in many other things; learning the names of every past ruler of Japan or backs it all the baseball teams would be viewed as up with a pointless waste of time, since [[PowerCopying special ability called Alpha Stigma]]. But he'd see no practical purpose for that knowledge and it has nothing to do with martial arts, but if it relates to martial arts or he sees a practical purpose in acquiring the skill/knowledge he will happily do so. Another aspect of this might be the fact that despite being a ChasteHero Ranma went on more dates than rather nap all the time, and, even when he fights, puts in as little effort as he can get away with (though lazy Ryner can still compete with other teenagers combined. He mages at their best). [[spoiler:He chooses to be passive because when he overuses his powers, he risks being possessed by an OmnicidalManiac SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
* ''Manga/LoveAtFourteen'': Nagai. Hinohara
knows to dress up, give the girl compliments, give the girl gifts such as flowers, knows where to take them on dates, he knows the proper etiquette for being at various locations (restaurants, movies, theaters), etc.this and motivates him(through questionable means).



* ''Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'':
** Neptune from can be a very competent politician when she's not playing video games or trying to push her work onto Histoire.
** Also Vert if she's not busy spending days on end playing an MMO, she's smart enough to [[spoiler: make a plan that gets Nepgear to strip naked]].
* Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' shows signs of intelligence, but clearly doesn't put it to any use, academic or mundane. The only sign of her intelligence is the high marks she gets when she actually does study. Her 100% on the health test (beating out ChildProdigy Chiyo) highlights this best, but another example is her getting into the same school Yomi did.
* Agon of ''Manga/Eyeshield21''. Said to be the quarterback that comes only once every 100 years, and he never shows up to practice. He spends every day womanizing, beating up people, ditching those women, and the few times he practices, he doesn't even put on his uniform. And he's still awesome at football. A rare villainous example of this trope; part of the reason Agon is so odious is because he was born with incredible talent and can dominate almost anyone without putting forth any effort. He is fully aware of this and even laughs about it, mocking those who try hard. In a series that's all about improving oneself through hard work and effort, that puts him in direct philosophical opposition to basically every other character. Emphasized by Agon's brother, who has had to work hard his entire life to be half as good as Agon is.
* Sgt. Major Kululu of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' doesn't do anything unless he explicitly wants to do it, even to the detriment of his team. Given the sheer amount he's responsible for, he does seem to keep pretty busy. It's just always off-panel (or -camera), and has at best ancillary benefits to anybody else. He's always shown as lazy ''when his teammates are around''.
* Miyako of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is a non-BookDumb example. Every time we saw her in classes that are not studio arts, she always dozes off -- yet her junior high grades were so great that she had the academic portion of her high school admission exam exempted.
* Hirasawa Yui from ''Manga/KOn'' mostly obeys this trope. One time she is so busy practicing her guitar that she doesn't study for an exam and fails it which requires her to take a make up exam. Yui's fellow band members (mostly Mio) help her study for the make up exam, and she ends up getting 100% - better than any of them. On the other hand, it seems like [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining to learn one thing she has to forget something else]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Luna Inverse is TheChosenOne, an all-powerful Cipheed Knight blessed with the power of the Elder God of the Slayers universe and the only person in the entire series who can put the fear of God into her [[HeroicComedicSociopath psychotic]] little sister Lina. She could singlehandedly lay waste to the entire Makozu race and still have time for afternoon tea--if she felt like it. Instead, she's content working as a part-time waitress and forcing Lina to do all the monster-slaying work through sheer force of fear.
* Dr. Greg "Bear" Egan from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is something on an example...it's just that his lethargy and intelligence don't really interact very much. His reclusive nature and torpid speed of movement is mainly due to his colossal size and enormous weight problem.

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* ''Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'':
** Neptune from can be
Verossa Acous of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is an excellent investigator, but often is late for or skips work.
* Also, ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Yue Ayase (she already has
a very competent politician when similar position on the [[Pantheon/{{Knowledge}} Pantheon]]). She's TheSmartGuy MrExposition who only fails in class because she's not playing video games or trying too depressed to push her work onto Histoire.
** Also Vert if
study. When she [[spoiler:entered WizardingSchool and]] found a class she's not busy spending days on end playing an MMO, she's smart enough to [[spoiler: make a plan that gets Nepgear to strip naked]].
* Tomo
interested in, she went from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' shows signs of intelligence, but clearly doesn't put it a complete novice to any use, academic or mundane. The only sign of her intelligence is being the high marks she gets when she actually does study. Her 100% on the health test (beating out ChildProdigy Chiyo) highlights this best, but another example is her getting into the same school Yomi did.
* Agon of ''Manga/Eyeshield21''. Said to be the quarterback that comes only once every 100 years, and he never shows up to practice. He spends every day womanizing, beating up people, ditching those women, and the few times he practices, he doesn't even put on his uniform. And he's still awesome at football. A rare villainous example of this trope; part of the reason Agon is so odious is because he was born with incredible talent and can dominate almost anyone without putting forth any effort. He is fully aware of this and even laughs about it, mocking those who try hard. In a series that's all about improving oneself through hard work and effort, that puts him in direct philosophical opposition to basically every other character. Emphasized by Agon's brother, who has had to work hard his entire life to be half as good as Agon is.
* Sgt. Major Kululu of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' doesn't do anything unless he explicitly wants to do it, even to the detriment of his team. Given the sheer amount he's responsible for, he does seem to keep pretty busy. It's just always off-panel (or -camera), and has at best ancillary benefits to anybody else. He's always shown as lazy ''when his teammates are around''.
* Miyako of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is a non-BookDumb example. Every time we saw her in classes that are not studio arts, she always dozes off -- yet her junior high grades were so great that she had the academic portion of her high school admission exam exempted.
* Hirasawa Yui from ''Manga/KOn'' mostly obeys this trope. One time she is so busy practicing her guitar that she doesn't study for an exam and fails it which requires her to take a make up exam. Yui's fellow band members (mostly Mio) help her study for the make up exam, and she ends up getting 100% - better than any of them. On the other hand, it seems like [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining to learn one thing she has to forget something else]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Luna Inverse is TheChosenOne, an all-powerful Cipheed Knight blessed with the power of the Elder God of the Slayers universe and the only person
most capable student in the entire series who can put school ''within one month''.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'':
** Kashima is clearly an excellent actor but can't be bothered to go to drama club practices; this is why Hori needs to drag her to practice. Character bio states she is this for just about everything,
the fear of God into her [[HeroicComedicSociopath psychotic]] reason being that because things often [[TheAce come easily to her]], working hard is something that she isn't used to.
** When Nozaki's
little sister Lina. She could brother Mayu was young he was bullied for being quiet, Nozaki told him to do his best, but if it was too much work he didn't have to bother. Taking that to heart, Mayu uses the least possible effort for anything in his daily life apart from his love for judo. When his club members used judo as bait, he instantly got top grades and became very popular, which irritated them enough to stop the plan.
* The main conflict of ''Manga/MyNeighborSeki'' comes from Yokoi attempting to get her classmate Seki to pay attention but inevitably becoming enamoured at the complexity of the various distractions he comes up with, ranging from playing dominoes to ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall animating the entire opening sequence by himself]]'' in the anime.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shikamaru Nara may be one of the [[TeenGenius smartest ninjas]] in the entire world with an IQ over 200, but he has the energy levels of a 80-year-old man in the body of a teenager and would rather sit back and grumble while playing board games than do any actual work. At the beginning, he was so lazy that he was willing to fail school instead of studying. (It's explained he had the second lowest grades in the academy, and counting Naruto's CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, the ''lowest''.) Even lifting the pencil to take a test was a chore for him. Despite this, he was so smart he passed anyway. He may have also forced himself to work just enough to pass without having the absolute worst grade in the class. His mom would hassle him endlessly if he flunked, and that's even more work to deal with.
*** In ''Naruto Shippuden'', after some CharacterDevelopment triggered by [[spoiler:Asuma's death]], he becomes more of a BadassBookworm, regarded as one of the best candidates for Hokage. Because of this, [[spoiler:he
singlehandedly lay waste takes down Hidan, a member of Akatsuki, to the entire Makozu race point where it constitutes a Curbstomp. Not only does he kill the immortal by blowing up everything but his head and burying it, still have time for afternoon tea--if she felt like it. Instead, she's content working as living, in a part-time waitress and forcing Lina to do all pretty deep hole, BUT he tricks the monster-slaying work through sheer force of fear.
* Dr. Greg "Bear" Egan from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is something on an example...it's just
guy into killing his own teammate first]]. Shikamaru was also the ''only'' participant in the Chunin Exams that actually got promoted, despite forfeiting his lethargy match against Temari (having determined that there was no way he could win). The rest of the Konoha 11 (except for Naruto and intelligence don't really interact very much. His reclusive nature and torpid speed of movement is mainly Sasuke) eventually caught up to him, with Neji overtaking him, due to his colossal size laziness and enormous weight problem.lack of ambition. Even ''then'', he still can command even Jonin, the level above him, on missions. Later in that same arc, the Sound ninja used a genjutsu to put everyone in the arena to sleep. Only some of the elite Leaf ninja figured out what was happening and dispelled the technique on themselves. Shikamaru was among those few, but still pretended to be sleeping so he wouldn't have to join the battle.
*** This is developed further on and he does mention that he will help Naruto with his dream of being Hokage. This after seeing an interaction with [[spoiler: the resurrected goofy First Hokage and his serious younger brother, the Second Hokage]] interact and coming to the conclusion Naruto needs someone to be able to advise him on matters.
** We also have Deidara, whose power is instantaneous, but prefers to sit back and watch for awhile.



* Ryner Lute of ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'' is the most skilled mage in his kingdom, is talented at combat with his lightning-fast reflexes, and backs it all up with a [[PowerCopying special ability called Alpha Stigma]]. But he'd rather nap all the time, and, even when he fights, puts in as little effort as he can get away with (though lazy Ryner can still compete with other mages at their best). [[spoiler:He chooses to be passive because when he overuses his powers, he risks being possessed by an OmnicidalManiac SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
* Pascal of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' is this. He's a very smart student in his school and he is capable of doing well in classes, but he has failed in classes three years in a row because he prefers to study in more useful/interesting things, like knitting.



* Hiramaru from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''--self-taught manga artist and writer who took one glimpse at recent issue of ''Magazine/ShonenJump'', learned a few tricks, and produced manga so good it got serialized on the first try. However, he decided to make manga because he thought that's an easy job and once he finds out it's not a cakewalk, he does everything he can to avoid working. His editor shows several signs of being a MagnificentBastard with new ways he tricks or forces him to do his job.
* Aomine from ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is this to the core. He prefers to sleep on the rooftop rather than go to basketball practice and often shows up for matches at the halfway mark...if he bothers to show up at all. However, he may [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] this--he was originally passionate about basketball, and worked hard at it because he loved it. But as he got better and better, his opponents starting giving up more and more easily. Eventually, he gave up on being serious about basketball, because there was no one who could equal him at it.
* Keima, the protagonist of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', is a genius in more ways than one, and could likely do absolutely anything if he put his mind to it. However, he believes the real world does not meet his standards, so he shuns it in favor of dating sims. The only reason the plot moves forward at all is because of the ExplosiveLeash that will kill him if he doesn't work at capturing escaped souls.
* Spike Spiegel from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' may not be a genius, but he is a better shogi player than Jet and outwits criminals regularly. He is also rarely seen upright without the promise of food.
* In ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'', [[TheSlacker Houtarou]] considers himself less intelligent than Eru because her test scores are far better than his. However, Eru considers Houtarou to be this trope because of his intuitive grasp of logic and reasoning.
* Roger Smith of ''Anime/TheBigO'' is 'bout half an example. When he has [[WeHelpTheHelpless a job]], he'll go at it with the tenacity of a badger, and won't rest 'till it's done. If he DOESN'T have a mission scheduled, however, he's quite content to stay in bed all day--most of the time, it seems that the only reason he gets up at ALL is due to [[RobotGirl R. Dorothy Waynewright]]'s nerve-wracking piano-playing. In an early episode, he goes through a major mission (including obligatory HumongousMecha battle) [[ProfessionalSlacker just to get her some piano-lessons]] so she'll at least wake him up ''gently''. (It works, but even afterwards she still resorts to her old rapid-fire "Alarm Clock" playing whenever Roger stays in bed 'till late afternoon.)
* Akitsune of ''Manga/KataribeNoList'' can appraise any antique on sight, quickly comes up with ways to use or counter the Grimm artifacts, and barely keeps up in school despite constantly showing up late or sleeping through class. But he'd rather just skip school entirely.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Lucy notes this trope early on in the manga, stating that if she trained her celestial spirits (which are already fairly powerful), they could potentially be more powerful than [[TheHero Natsu]]. However, her initial cowardly nature forces her to take a more WeakButSkilled approach to fighting.
* Toshino Kyouko of ''Anime/YuruYuri'' prefers to spend her days lazing about, snacking, playing video games, and usually irritating either Yui or Chinatsu. But, she's also able to ace her tests with one night of cram studying. Something she does on a regular basis. She's also a talented artist, able to produce {{Doujinshi}} and even an animated version of one of her Doujinshi almost single-handedly.

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* Hiramaru ''Manga/PingPong'':
** Most people's opinion of Smile vis-a-vis his table tennis skills.
** Peco is even more blatant, to the point where he actually loses several matches that he expected himself to be able to coast through, being on the receiving end of more than one CurbStompBattle
from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''--self-taught manga artist and writer who took one glimpse at recent issue of ''Magazine/ShonenJump'', learned a few tricks, and produced manga so good it got serialized on Wenge in the first try. However, he decided to make few episodes.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma, in the
manga because he thought that's an easy job and once he finds out it's not a cakewalk, he at least is very intelligent, far more than many people credit him as being, judging by fan fiction. Similar to Shikumaru above, Ranma does everything he can just enough not to avoid working. His editor shows several signs appear stupid to in the eyes of being a MagnificentBastard with new ways he tricks or forces him to do his job.
* Aomine from ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is
others. The biggest example of this to is the core. He prefers to sleep on the rooftop rather than go to basketball practice and often shows up for matches at the halfway mark...if he bothers to show up at all. However, he may [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] this--he was originally passionate fact that Ranma isn't worried about basketball, and worked hard at it because he loved it. But as he got better and better, his opponents starting giving up more and more easily. Eventually, he gave up on being serious about basketball, because there was no one who could equal him at it.
* Keima, the protagonist of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', is a genius in more ways than one, and could likely do absolutely anything if he put his mind
Principal Kunō showing Ranma's grades to it. However, he believes the real world everyone which implies that either Ranma does not meet his standards, so generally get bad grades or he shuns it in favor of dating sims. The only reason the plot moves forward at all is because of the ExplosiveLeash that will kill him if he really doesn't work at capturing escaped souls.
* Spike Spiegel from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' may
care about them (a view point that is countered by Ranma's actions when Principal Kunō implied they are extremely low). Ranma is also happy with his grade when it was shown on CMN news, meaning it isn't that bad a grade. In addition Miss Hinako doesn't really attempt to get him to improve, she tries to get him to take school seriously and conform. Ranma is a martial arts nerd that is not overly interested in many other things; learning the names of every past ruler of Japan or all the baseball teams would be viewed as a pointless waste of time, since he'd see no practical purpose for that knowledge and it has nothing to do with martial arts, but if it relates to martial arts or he sees a practical purpose in acquiring the skill/knowledge he will happily do so. Another aspect of this might be the fact that despite being a ChasteHero Ranma went on more dates than all the other teenagers combined. He knows to dress up, give the girl compliments, give the girl gifts such as flowers, knows where to take them on dates, he knows the proper etiquette for being at various locations (restaurants, movies, theaters), etc.
* ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'': [[KidDetective Kobayashi]] is
a genius, but he is a better shogi player than Jet and outwits criminals regularly. He is also rarely seen upright without the promise of food.
* In ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'', [[TheSlacker Houtarou]] considers himself less intelligent than Eru because her test scores are far better than his. However, Eru considers Houtarou to be this trope because of his intuitive grasp of logic and reasoning.
* Roger Smith of ''Anime/TheBigO'' is 'bout half an example. When he has [[WeHelpTheHelpless a job]], he'll go at it with the tenacity of a badger, and won't rest 'till it's done. If he DOESN'T have a mission scheduled, however, he's quite content to stay in bed all day--most of the time, it seems that the only reason he gets up at ALL is due to [[RobotGirl R. Dorothy Waynewright]]'s nerve-wracking piano-playing. In an early episode, he goes through a major mission (including obligatory HumongousMecha battle) [[ProfessionalSlacker just to get her some piano-lessons]] so she'll at least wake him up ''gently''. (It works, but even afterwards she still resorts to her old rapid-fire "Alarm Clock" playing whenever Roger stays in bed 'till late afternoon.)
* Akitsune of ''Manga/KataribeNoList'' can appraise any antique on sight, quickly comes up with ways to use or counter the Grimm artifacts, and barely keeps up in school despite constantly showing up late or sleeping through class. But he'd rather just skip school entirely.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Lucy notes this trope early on in the manga, stating that if she trained her celestial spirits (which are already fairly powerful), they could potentially be more powerful than [[TheHero Natsu]]. However, her initial cowardly nature forces her to take a more WeakButSkilled approach to fighting.
* Toshino Kyouko of ''Anime/YuruYuri''
prefers to spend her days lazing about, snacking, playing video games, and usually irritating either Yui or Chinatsu. But, she's also able to ace her tests solve murder mysteries instead of focusing on his school work. He reacts with one night apathy whenever he's warned he's in danger of cram studying. Something she does on a regular basis. She's also a talented artist, able to produce {{Doujinshi}} flunking, and even an animated version of one of her Doujinshi almost single-handedly.outright admits he thinks school is pointless.



* Kenshin's master from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is capable of laying the smackdown on basically anything, but doesn't do so much because he prefers to make Kenshin do the heavy lifting. The other theory on his inactivity is that he knows whichever side he chooses to aid will win, so he doesn't choose.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Minako Aino from is a dedicated fighter, but a complete loser when it comes to pretty much everything else. Notable because she ''is'' intelligent (as shown in the manga by her plans and how she was able to play the BodyDouble to Usagi and in the anime by just how fast she could learn English, something most Japanese have extreme trouble with, by just staying in London for a while), but she just can't be bothered. In [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her origin story]] Artemis even bemoans just how troublesome it is to train her because she just won't care... until he finds out [[TaughtByTelevision how easily she picks up things from video games]] and loves her appearance, [[GenreSavvy thus taking care of the theory by creating a video game that works also as a training simulator and pointing out she is getting fat from eating too much to get her to train her body]] (at least until she becomes MarriedToTheJob).
** Usagi Tsukino could count for sheer power, but that's not really brilliance. Usagi ''isn't'' brilliant, but could get decent grades if she simply did the work.
** A better example may be her brother Shingo in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], who effortlessly gets good grades, is a whiz at most video games, and is a tinkerer ''par excellence'' (he once rigs the bathroom scale to break hilariously once Usagi steps on it) but spends a lot of his free time messing around and picking on his sister.



* Saruhiko Fushimi from ''Anime/{{K}}''. He has been mentioned to be extremely talented, except that he slacks off more often than not. He became third-in-command of Scepter 4 by the age of 19.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'':
** Kashima is clearly an excellent actor but can't be bothered to go to drama club practices; this is why Hori needs to drag her to practice. Character bio states she is this for just about everything, the reason being that because things often [[TheAce come easily to her]], working hard is something that she isn't used to.
** When Nozaki's little brother Mayu was young he was bullied for being quiet, Nozaki told him to do his best, but if it was too much work he didn't have to bother. Taking that to heart, Mayu uses the least possible effort for anything in his daily life apart from his love for judo. When his club members used judo as bait, he instantly got top grades and became very popular, which irritated them enough to stop the plan.
* The main conflict of ''Manga/MyNeighborSeki'' comes from Yokoi attempting to get her classmate Seki to pay attention but inevitably becoming enamoured at the complexity of the various distractions he comes up with, ranging from playing dominoes to ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall animating the entire opening sequence by himself]]'' in the anime.
* Played with in ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan''. Umaru actually ''does'' get solid grades, excels in school, and presents the outward image of being TheAce. The instant she's back at home and inside, she reverts to her true nature of a lazy SpoiledBrat {{Otaku}} who would happily spend all day watching anime, playing video games, and buying stuff off the BlandNameProduct version of Amazon.
* Yurine from ''Manga/AnoKiss'' is the best at everything without even trying and spends most of her time sleeping in class (including cooking class!). You could say she isn't so much lazy as completely lacking motivation, both because she never has to work hard and because she considers herself a nuisance for other people. She ''can'' get serious when she has an actual reason to--said reason is most often her competition with the girl she loves, Ayaka.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** PlayedWith regarding some of the Saiyans.
*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, and has developed a tendency to not keep up with his martial arts training in times of peace so his strength and ability greatly fluctuates. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking very serious, Gohan becomes intensely focused on training and shows off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly pursuits, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult. It's not so much that he is ''lazy'', more that he tends to put effort into his other interests if he is able to.
*** Goku has spent his life training with many people to become stronger and shows a love of doing so coinciding with his Saiyan blood and his own personality. However, because training, fighting and eating are his main interests, it's hard to get him to do anything else. This is a point of constant tension between Chi-Chi and him since she wants him to get a job. She eventually gets her way, making Goku get a job as a farmer, which in a roundabout way suits him due to its potential to be physically laborious.
*** Much like Goku, if it doesn't relate to becoming stronger, Vegeta has no interest in it. This is lampshaded by Bulma when she asks how can Saiyans spend days training, yet refuse to do something simple like cut the grass.
*** Goten and Trunks are straighter examples. They have the talent to far surpass their fathers, but like Gohan, lack the instinctive love of combat so while they train, they are often distracted in doing other things like playing around as kids.
** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would training do for someone like him? [[spoiler:He still falls into this, however, since he doesn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learns from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone has to die]] before he can be bothered to so much as track down the Z-Fighters himself, let alone challenge them -- he assumes Dodoria and Zarbon would deal with his Vegeta problem, and when that doesn't happen, he calls in the Ginyu Force, only to find out later while he is off on an errand (to figure out how to activate the Dragon Balls) that ''they all got killed as well''.
* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He is the third-smartest student from Wammy's House, but would much rather be playing video games than doing just about anything else. It's implied that he ''could'' have surpassed both Mello and Near and won the title of L's Successor, but that he chose not to.
* ''Manga/PingPong'':
** Most people's opinion of Smile vis-a-vis his table tennis skills.
** Peco is even more blatant, to the point where he actually loses several matches that he expected himself to be able to coast through, being on the receiving end of more than one CurbStompBattle from Wenge in the first few episodes.
* ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'': [[KidDetective Kobayashi]] is a genius, but prefers to solve murder mysteries instead of focusing on his school work. He reacts with apathy whenever he's warned he's in danger of flunking, and outright admits he thinks school is pointless.
* Tarras Douberg from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' is shown to be very powerful and capable as an A-ranked WH, but he isn't seen as such for a period of time, and is regarded an extra from his lack of participation in a fight. At one point in time, he claims he shouldn't waste his energy fighting the underlings. He also later takes a period of time to join into a fight when he is troubled by his own personal, and considered somewhat pathetic, problems.

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* Saruhiko Fushimi from ''Anime/{{K}}''. He has been mentioned to be extremely talented, except that he slacks off more often than not. He became third-in-command Sgt. Major Kululu of Scepter 4 by the age of 19.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'':
** Kashima is clearly an excellent actor but can't be bothered to go to drama club practices; this is why Hori needs to drag her to practice. Character bio states she is this for just about everything, the reason being that because things often [[TheAce come easily to her]], working hard is something that she isn't used to.
** When Nozaki's little brother Mayu was young he was bullied for being quiet, Nozaki told him to
''Manga/SgtFrog'' doesn't do his best, but if it was too much work he didn't have to bother. Taking that to heart, Mayu uses the least possible effort for anything in unless he explicitly wants to do it, even to the detriment of his daily life apart from his love for judo. When his club members used judo as bait, team. Given the sheer amount he's responsible for, he instantly got top grades does seem to keep pretty busy. It's just always off-panel (or -camera), and became very popular, which irritated them enough has at best ancillary benefits to stop the plan.
* The main conflict of ''Manga/MyNeighborSeki'' comes from Yokoi attempting to get her classmate Seki to pay attention but inevitably becoming enamoured at the complexity of the various distractions he comes up with, ranging from playing dominoes to ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall animating the entire opening sequence by himself]]'' in the anime.
* Played with in ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan''. Umaru actually ''does'' get solid grades, excels in school, and presents the outward image of being TheAce. The instant she's back at home and inside, she reverts to her true nature of a
anybody else. He's always shown as lazy SpoiledBrat {{Otaku}} who would happily spend all day watching anime, playing video games, and buying stuff off the BlandNameProduct version of Amazon.
''when his teammates are around''.
* Yurine from ''Manga/AnoKiss'' is the best at everything without even trying and spends most of her time sleeping in class (including cooking class!). You could say she isn't so Reconstructed, as much lazy as completely lacking motivation, both because she never has to work hard and because she considers herself a nuisance for other people. She ''can'' get serious when she has an actual reason to--said reason this trope can be, in ''Manga/ShamanKing''. Yoh is most often her competition with the girl she loves, Ayaka.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** PlayedWith regarding some of the Saiyans.
*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe.
Brilliant But Lazy, sure. However, he lacks wants [[ToBeAMaster to be the [[BloodKnight Shaman King]] (who essentially gains the instinctive love powers of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like God)...so he can relax and do nothing for the rest of his father and Vegeta do, and has developed a tendency life. He essentially is willing to not keep up with work his martial arts training in times of peace so his strength and ability greatly fluctuates. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking very serious, Gohan becomes intensely focused on training and shows ass off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly pursuits, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult. It's not so much that he is ''lazy'', more that he tends to put effort into his other interests if he is able to.
*** Goku has spent his life training with many people to become stronger and shows a love of doing so coinciding with his Saiyan blood and his own personality. However, because training, fighting and eating are his main interests, it's hard to get him
will eventually never have to do anything else. This again.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Luna Inverse
is a point TheChosenOne, an all-powerful Cipheed Knight blessed with the power of constant tension between Chi-Chi the Elder God of the Slayers universe and him since the only person in the entire series who can put the fear of God into her [[HeroicComedicSociopath psychotic]] little sister Lina. She could singlehandedly lay waste to the entire Makozu race and still have time for afternoon tea--if she wants him felt like it. Instead, she's content working as a part-time waitress and forcing Lina to get a job. She eventually gets her do all the monster-slaying work through sheer force of fear.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog is often portrayed this
way, making Goku get a job as a farmer, which particularly in a roundabout way suits him due to its potential to be physically laborious.
*** Much like Goku, if it
[[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVA]]--he doesn't relate even lift a finger to becoming stronger, Vegeta has no interest in it. This is lampshaded by Bulma when she asks how can Saiyans spend days training, yet refuse to do something simple like cut the grass.
*** Goten and Trunks are straighter examples. They have the talent to far surpass their fathers, but like Gohan, lack the instinctive love of combat so while they train, they are often distracted in doing other things like playing around as kids.
** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert
save his elderly owl neighbor (though his tone implies this after coming back to life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would training do for someone like him? [[spoiler:He still falls into this, however, since he doesn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learns from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone has to die]] before he can be bothered to so much as track down the Z-Fighters himself, let alone challenge them -- he assumes Dodoria and Zarbon would deal with his Vegeta problem, and when that doesn't happen, he calls in the Ginyu Force, only to find out later while he is off on an errand (to figure out how to activate the Dragon Balls) that ''they all got killed as well''.
* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He is the third-smartest student from Wammy's House, but would much rather be playing video games than doing just about anything else. It's implied that he ''could'' have surpassed both Mello and Near and won the title of L's Successor, but that he chose not to.
* ''Manga/PingPong'':
** Most people's opinion of Smile vis-a-vis his table tennis skills.
** Peco is even more blatant, to the point where he actually loses several matches that he expected himself to be able to coast through, being on the receiving end of more than one CurbStompBattle from Wenge in the first few episodes.
* ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'': [[KidDetective Kobayashi]] is a genius, but prefers to solve murder mysteries instead of focusing on his school work. He reacts with apathy whenever he's warned he's in danger of flunking, and outright admits he thinks school is pointless.
* Tarras Douberg from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' is shown to be very powerful and capable as an A-ranked WH, but he
isn't seen as such for a period of time, and is regarded an extra from his lack of participation in a fight. At one point in time, he claims he shouldn't waste his energy fighting the underlings. He also later takes a period of first time this has happened), instead allowing an irate Tails to join into a fight when he is troubled by his own personal, try and considered somewhat pathetic, problems.take care of it. It's not until it's apparent that the both of them are in grave danger that he does anything to help them. Of course, since he has SuperSpeed, he can afford to wait until the last minute.



* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[GuileHero Yukimura]] gets the Braves to do all the heavy lifting for him in private and public matters, and would sooner pretend to be sick in bed rather than greet his own brother, but his [[TheStrategist brilliance]] is unquestionable.

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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[GuileHero Yukimura]] gets Pretty much any of the Braves to do all the heavy lifting for him vampires in private ''Manga/VampireKnight''. Especially Aido.
* Professor Ryoto from ''Manga/WildLife''. One of their best veterinarians, but spends a lot of his time slacking off
and public matters, and would sooner pretend reading manga, while tricking poor Tesshou into doing his work.
* Tarras Douberg from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' is shown
to be sick very powerful and capable as an A-ranked WH, but he isn't seen as such for a period of time, and is regarded an extra from his lack of participation in bed rather than greet a fight. At one point in time, he claims he shouldn't waste his energy fighting the underlings. He also later takes a period of time to join into a fight when he is troubled by his own brother, personal, and considered somewhat pathetic, problems.
* Keima, the protagonist of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', is a genius in more ways than one, and could likely do absolutely anything if he put his mind to it. However, he believes the real world does not meet his standards, so he shuns it in favor of dating sims. The only reason the plot moves forward at all is because of the ExplosiveLeash that will kill him if he doesn't work at capturing escaped souls.
* Motegi (Belowski in the dub), a minor character from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He's an excellent duelist who can see and communicate with Duel Spirits (who uses a Human Wave Deck, a difficult strategy to master)
but his [[TheStrategist brilliance]] is unquestionable.tends to lose interest in anything except dueling and fall asleep when he gets bored.
* Toshino Kyouko of ''Anime/YuruYuri'' prefers to spend her days lazing about, snacking, playing video games, and usually irritating either Yui or Chinatsu. But, she's also able to ace her tests with one night of cram studying. Something she does on a regular basis. She's also a talented artist, able to produce {{Doujinshi}} and even an animated version of one of her Doujinshi almost single-handedly.



* Jughead Jones is frequently portrayed in this way in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''.

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* Jughead Jones is frequently portrayed in this way in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''. He is second only to Dilton in intelligence. Sometimes he is not even lazy, as he wins awards for his great marks. Several stories have played with the idea that his intelligence is fueled by all of the food he eats.



* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade is highly intelligent (as shown by how she manages to follow Jackie all the time, find loopholes in his orders to "stay here", [[CombatPragmatist thinks of actually USING the Talismans more than the other characters]], use chi spells, and [[GuileHero fool the forces of evil]]), but is not the type to sit still in school and do homework. She also has surprising knowledge of science.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade Jake the Dog in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has shades of this. He wields incredible shape-shifting powers and could easily defeat most enemies that appear in the show if he applied himself, but he'd much rather be at a party or eating a sandwich. That, and [[TheHero Finn]] has so much fun battling things.
* Spud from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''
is highly intelligent (as shown by how she manages to follow Jackie a genius, but he thinks being focused on the books all the time, find loopholes time is boring. However, he does realize that indulging too much on laziness is also unhealthy. His genius is revealed when Jake tricked him into acing an IQ test.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' certainly counts. While on the surface, Sterling Archer is a brainless egotist, the show makes it clear he genuinely ''is'' the world's most dangerous spy. Archer boasts unparalleled skills
in almost every field needed to be a secret agent, incredible and in-depth knowledge about a wide variety of topics (some quite obscure), and some outright savant-like genius abilities. He's even able to count the number of shots being fired from multiple guns being used simultaneously in a fire-fight and keep track of exactly how many bullets each shooter has left. Unfortunately he's also a selfish hedonist who's concern isn't whatever mission he's supposed to be handling but rather his orders own comfort and (short-sighted) entertainment. His main motivation for being a secret agent seems to "stay here", [[CombatPragmatist thinks of mostly be so he can travel the world getting drunk and bedding women.
* Buster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' - in one episode he admits to having never read a book. His friends try unsuccessfully getting him to read increasingly simple books ("The sky is blue. The ocean is blue..."). The next day Buster shows up at school with Arthur's several-hundred page book about RobinHood saying he's almost done with it - because it was the only one he
actually USING the Talismans more found interesting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang is capable of picking up waterbending much faster
than friend Katara. However, she quickly surpasses him in water bending skills because he would rather play around than focus. The lazy aspect later becomes an issue when he's learning earthbending because as an airbender his instincts go entirely against what he's learning, leaving him unable to make any progress. He quickly becomes discouraged and it's not until Sokka's life is in danger that he can finally work through his mental block and learn to stand his ground against a problem instead of just dodging it like an airbender would.
* The Cluemaster from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' was a dangerous example. A child genius, he lost a rigged game show for such children, and did NOT take it well. He became a recluse, doing nothing for decades but plotting revenge against everyone involved. Batman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls him out on this]], telling him that he could have accomplished so much in his life (like his intended victims did) if he hadn't let his pride bring him to ruin.
%%* [[WesternAnimation/BenTen Ben Tennyson]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce has]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien this]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse in spades]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s title character, who easily gets good grades but is too apathetic to do any of
the other characters]], use chi spells, activities people try to rope her into (until she is either forced or bribed, anyway). Her best friend [[TheLancer Jane]] is similar, but in her case it's [[BookDumb not so much brilliance]] as [[OnlySaneWoman common sense]] and [[GuileHero fool artistic talent.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems to have a whole race like this with
the forces Omicronians. Their technology is far more advanced that Earth's, so much that they can threaten the Earth on a regular basis and get whatever demands they want without fear of evil]]), but is retribution. Despite this, they seem to spend most of their time watching television. (Of course, since they see that as SeriousBusiness, it's not the type to sit still in school and do homework. She also has surprising knowledge of science.lazy by ''their'' definition.)



* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has several, with the main characters initially being like this, but quickly becoming heroes after the first episode.
** After that, the ancient hero Chi Master Dashi is shown to be this; after saving the world once, he'd rather sit back, let his dragon do the cleanup work, and avoid people he doesn't know trying to look for him. Once he finds out a problem is serious, however, he agrees to help.
** Raimundo especially. In the 5th episode he completely tanked a battle then after a quarter an episode of studying came back and whipped the same enemies butt in what is possibily a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome CMoA]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has several, with [[TheCaligula Tallest Red]] of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is implied to be this. In "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the main characters initially being like this, but quickly becoming heroes after the first episode.
** After that, the ancient hero Chi Master Dashi is
Stars" he's shown to manually control the entire planet-sized ship and repair its hacked programs single-handedly. He'd still rather be this; after saving screwing around and eating doughnuts, though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade is highly intelligent (as shown by how she manages to follow Jackie all the time, find loopholes in his orders to "stay here", [[CombatPragmatist thinks of actually USING the Talismans more than the other characters]], use chi spells, and [[GuileHero fool the forces of evil]]), but is not the type to sit still in school and do homework. She also has surprising knowledge of science.
* The eponymous character in ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' sometimes shows signs of this. Allthough he spends most of his time doing mindless stunts, he puts a lot of technical effort into it such as precision, building and planning. He even manages to figure out how to drive a wide variety of vehicles. He also managed to finish an entire months' worth of homework (mostly physics) twice in one day... the latter one in under 10 minutes. Also, in "Breaking the Grade" his dad happily informed Kick that his grades have being going up significantly... even though in the beginning of the episode we saw that he wasn't even trying.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Applies to the two main sidekicks:
** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at everything except [[MadScientist the aspects of being a mad scientist]], and could definitely be an effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over
the world once, he'd (and even then, she had to be motivated and given the tools by her ''future self,'') but for the most part would rather sit back, let his dragon do be on the cleanup work, beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working though she does enjoy her fights with Kim.
** The same goes for [[PluckyComicRelief plucky sidekick]] Ron Stoppable, who is actually more skilled
and avoid people he doesn't know capable than at first appearance, but rather enjoys chilling and gliding through life. Up until the GrandFinale, [[TookALevelInBadass at least]].
* Children's program ''WesternAnimation/LazyLucy'' is 52 episodes of this trope -
trying hard to look for him. Once he finds out a problem is serious, however, he agrees to help.
** Raimundo especially. In
find the 5th episode he completely tanked a battle then after a quarter an episode of studying came back and whipped the same enemies butt in what is possibily a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome CMoA]].lazier way to do stuff.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Rusty Venture and Pete White are both brilliant scientists who tend to be incredibly halfhearted in their endeavors, and it shows. Rusty in particular, though he is capable of creating numerous death-dealing devices and created a process to cheat death through cloning and computer memory back-up, would rather sit on his ass and leech off his dead father's reputation than earn respect and admiration through his own inventions.
** Rusty is a tragic example in the sense that he has ''plenty'' of issues due to how being a boy adventurer would actually be as well as the hell his father and his friends put him through. It is implied that if he did overcome the vast neuroses and psychological issues, he could surpass his father, regarding the best super scientist.
* Noah from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. His [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkiness]] may have had something to do with that...
* Spud from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' is a genius, but he thinks being focused on the books all the time is boring. However, he does realize that indulging too much on laziness is also unhealthy. His genius is revealed when Jake tricked him into acing an IQ test.
* Children's program ''WesternAnimation/LazyLucy'' is 52 episodes of this trope - trying hard to find the lazier way to do stuff.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog'' is often portrayed this way, such as one example in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog AoStH]]'' where Tails berates him for slacking off while Tails is washing the dishes. Sonic then uses his SuperSpeed to dry them in a second. ''It ain't the speed, it's the deep, keed!''. This character trait [[WellExcuseMePrincess also invokes a lot of Princess Sally's nitpicking in SatAM]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Applies to the two main sidekicks:
** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at everything except [[MadScientist the aspects of being a mad scientist]], and could definitely be an effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over the world (and even then, she had to be motivated and given the tools by her ''future self,'') but for the most part would rather be on the beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working though she does enjoy her fights with Kim.
** The same goes for [[PluckyComicRelief plucky sidekick]] Ron Stoppable, who is actually more skilled and capable than at first appearance, but rather enjoys chilling and gliding through life. Up until the GrandFinale, [[TookALevelInBadass at least]].
* Control Freak from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He has invented things that border on AppliedPhlebotinum, but he tends to use them for very trivial goals. In other words, he's good at building things, but not too good at finding useful ways to use them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Rusty Venture Coop from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' can retrofit a giant robot from over a thousand years in the future with game controllers, new weapons, and Pete White a linkup to his car. However, he's fat, [[BasementDweller lives with his mom]], and doesn't have a job. He has no intention of changing any of this.
* Toki Wartooth and William Murderface in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. Neither participates in the band's songwriting process, and it's been established that Toki doesn't even bother to practice. Murderface, meanwhile, just really, really doesn't feel like making an effort for any reason. But when forced, they managed to record an entire album - and apparently a good one - by themselves. And Toki ''is'' the second-fastest guitarist in the world and Murderface can play bass with his genitals.
** The whole band qualifies as this as they
are both brilliant scientists who tend insanely talented musicians, but need a LOT of prodding to be incredibly halfhearted in actually go out and do their endeavors, jobs or record albums.
* Jim from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''. So much so that he basically gets paid by an advertising company for doing absolutely nothing just because he's "the young guy who knows computers"
and it shows. Rusty in particular, though he is capable has ''incredible'' knowledge of creating numerous death-dealing devices and created a process what appeals to cheat death through cloning and computer memory back-up, the "cool" crowd.
* Mr. Lazy from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''
would rather sit on his ass and leech off his dead father's reputation than earn respect and admiration through his own inventions.
** Rusty is
[[FridgeLogic build a tragic example in the sense that he has ''plenty'' of issues due fully working contraption to how being a boy adventurer would actually be as well as the hell his father and his friends put him through. It is implied that if he did overcome the vast neuroses and psychological issues, he could surpass his father, regarding the best super scientist.
* Noah from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. His [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkiness]] may have had
do something to as simple as put a peanut in his mouth than do with that...
it himself]].
* Spud from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' is a genius, but he thinks being focused on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash, the books all the time fastest flier in Ponyville, is boring. However, he does realize that indulging too much on laziness is also unhealthy. His genius is revealed when Jake tricked him into acing an IQ test.
* Children's program ''WesternAnimation/LazyLucy'' is 52 episodes of this trope - trying hard to find the lazier way to do stuff.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog'' is often portrayed this way, such as one example in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog AoStH]]'' where Tails berates him for
seen slacking off quite a bit - [[EstablishingCharacterMoment including in her first appearance]] - but repeatedly proves herself to be extremely competent. Amongst her many dramatic heroics, that same debut scene where she's seen putting off work notably ends with her clearing a cloud-filled sky in ''[[MomentOfAwesome literally]]'' [[MemeticMutation "ten seconds flat."]] In "Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3", she has absolutely no interest in ''any'' of the teaching techniques her friends try to use to teach her the History of the Wonderbolts, which she needs to pass a test to get into the famous team but didn't think she needed to worry about, leading to her neglecting it. However late in the episode, she demonstrates an ability to pick up any and ''every'' detail she sees while Tails is washing flying, which leads to Twilight's EurekaMoment on how to get the dishes. Sonic then uses his SuperSpeed to dry them in a second. ''It ain't history into her head.
* T.J. Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' is
the speed, it's BadassAdorable leader of the deep, keed!''. This character trait [[WellExcuseMePrincess also invokes a lot of Princess Sally's nitpicking in SatAM]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Applies to the two
main sidekicks:
** Shego is all over this trope. She is clearly [[HypercompetentSidekick much more competent]] than Drakken at
six, who often comes up with their elaborate schemes...but with everything except [[MadScientist else, he's pretty lazy.
* Mordecai and Rigby from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' are quite lazy much of
the aspects time, but when they actually get around to working, they're pretty efficient. Benson's anger at them if they don't do their jobs right is a motivator for Mordecai, but not for Rigby, who always thinks he can talk his way out of everything - until he actually screws up, that is, when he panics. We are given a symbolic example of their laziness in that Rigby dropped out of high school, and Mordecai continued on to art school but dropped out of it too (though that may be different due to [[spoiler: the events of the movie revealing both were expelled.]] Mordecai is the only one who can motivate Rigby to work, and Rigby being a mad scientist]], and there is the main thing that motivates Mordecai to work. Benson knows this, which is part of the reason why he could definitely never fire Rigby on his own and hire someone else. The other, more significant reason, is that Benson's boss Mr Maillard would never let him fire Mordecai and Rigby because his son Pops likes them and considers them his only friends.
** They do get more responsible as they develop, with Rigby managing to get his diploma in the later seasons.
* Twister in ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', while certainly a BookDumb {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[TheDitz Ditz]], can
be an a surprisingly effective villain on her own if she so chose. The one time she actually applied herself she took over the world (and even then, she had to be motivated and given the tools by her ''future self,'') but captain for the most part would rather be on the beach, filing her gloves (don't ask) or lazing about reading 'villains' magazine than actually working though she does enjoy her fights his friends, coming up with Kim.
** The same goes for [[PluckyComicRelief plucky sidekick]] Ron Stoppable, who is actually more skilled
brilliant plays and capable than training techniques. However, at first appearance, but rather enjoys chilling and gliding through life. Up until the GrandFinale, [[TookALevelInBadass at least]].
* Control Freak from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He has invented things that border on AppliedPhlebotinum, but
end, he tends gives the team captain slot back to use them for very trivial goals. In other words, he's good at building things, but not too good at finding useful ways to use them. Otto because he doesn't like the pressure.



* ''WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog'' is often portrayed this way, such as one example in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog AoStH]]'' where Tails berates him for slacking off while Tails is washing the dishes. Sonic then uses his SuperSpeed to dry them in a second. ''It ain't the speed, it's the deep, keed!''. This character trait [[WellExcuseMePrincess also invokes a lot of Princess Sally's nitpicking in SatAM]].
* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is already one of the smartest characters on the show and would be extremely competent if not for his extreme apathy to everything. In ''Opposite Day'' he rebuilt Spongebob's entire ''house'' all by himself, something that, due to him hating his neighbor and wanting nothing to do with him, didn't bother to do in ''Home Sweet Pineapple''.
* Control Freak from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He has invented things that border on AppliedPhlebotinum, but he tends to use them for very trivial goals. In other words, he's good at building things, but not too good at finding useful ways to use them.



* Mr. Lazy from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' would rather [[FridgeLogic build a fully working contraption to do something as simple as put a peanut in his mouth than do it himself]].
* [[TheCaligula Tallest Red]] of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is implied to be this. In "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" he's shown to manually control the entire planet-sized ship and repair its hacked programs single-handedly. He'd still rather be screwing around and eating doughnuts, though.
* Mordecai and Rigby from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' are quite lazy much of the time, but when they actually get around to working, they're pretty efficient. Benson's anger at them if they don't do their jobs right is a motivator for Mordecai, but not for Rigby, who always thinks he can talk his way out of everything - until he actually screws up, that is, when he panics. We are given a symbolic example of their laziness in that Rigby dropped out of high school, and Mordecai continued on to art school but dropped out of it too (though that may be different due to [[spoiler: the events of the movie revealing both were expelled.]] Mordecai is the only one who can motivate Rigby to work, and Rigby being there is the main thing that motivates Mordecai to work. Benson knows this, which is part of the reason why he could never fire Rigby on his own and hire someone else. The other, more significant reason, is that Benson's boss Mr Maillard would never let him fire Mordecai and Rigby because his son Pops likes them and considers them his only friends.
** They do get more responsible as they develop, with Rigby managing to get his diploma in the later seasons.
* Toki Wartooth and William Murderface in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. Neither participates in the band's songwriting process, and it's been established that Toki doesn't even bother to practice. Murderface, meanwhile, just really, really doesn't feel like making an effort for any reason. But when forced, they managed to record an entire album - and apparently a good one - by themselves. And Toki ''is'' the second-fastest guitarist in the world and Murderface can play bass with his genitals.
** The whole band qualifies as this as they are insanely talented musicians, but need a LOT of prodding to actually go out and do their jobs or record albums.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang is capable of picking up waterbending much faster than friend Katara. However, she quickly surpasses him in water bending skills because he would rather play around than focus. The lazy aspect later becomes an issue when he's learning earthbending because as an airbender his instincts go entirely against what he's learning, leaving him unable to make any progress. He quickly becomes discouraged and it's not until Sokka's life is in danger that he can finally work through his mental block and learn to stand his ground against a problem instead of just dodging it like an airbender would.
* Master Yo from ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' is a master of Woo Foo, having complete control over both Might and Magic. However, after a long and successful career of heroism, he believes he's earned the right to lounge around and do nothing. He's only training Yin and Yang because the Woo Foo Spirits wouldn't leave him alone until he did.
** In terms of how capable he was, he was stronger and more skilled than ''Yin and Yang combined'' even when he was ''three years old'' (as shown in an episode where he is de-aged.)
* T.J. Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' is the BadassAdorable leader of the main six, who often comes up with their elaborate schemes...but with everything else, he's pretty lazy.
* Buster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' - in one episode he admits to having never read a book. His friends try unsuccessfully getting him to read increasingly simple books ("The sky is blue. The ocean is blue..."). The next day Buster shows up at school with Arthur's several-hundred page book about RobinHood saying he's almost done with it - because it was the only one he actually found interesting.
* The eponymous character in ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' sometimes shows signs of this. Allthough he spends most of his time doing mindless stunts, he puts a lot of technical effort into it such as precision, building and planning. He even manages to figure out how to drive a wide variety of vehicles. He also managed to finish an entire months' worth of homework (mostly physics) twice in one day... the latter one in under 10 minutes. Also, in "Breaking the Grade" his dad happily informed Kick that his grades have being going up significantly... even though in the beginning of the episode we saw that he wasn't even trying.



* Twister in ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', while certainly a BookDumb {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[TheDitz Ditz]], can be a surprisingly effective captain for his friends, coming up with brilliant plays and training techniques. However, at the end, he gives the team captain slot back to Otto because he doesn't like the pressure.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash, the fastest flier in Ponyville, is seen slacking off quite a bit - [[EstablishingCharacterMoment including in her first appearance]] - but repeatedly proves herself to be extremely competent. Amongst her many dramatic heroics, that same debut scene where she's seen putting off work notably ends with her clearing a cloud-filled sky in ''[[MomentOfAwesome literally]]'' [[MemeticMutation "ten seconds flat."]] In "Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3", she has absolutely no interest in ''any'' of the teaching techniques her friends try to use to teach her the History of the Wonderbolts, which she needs to pass a test to get into the famous team but didn't think she needed to worry about, leading to her neglecting it. However late in the episode, she demonstrates an ability to pick up any and ''every'' detail she sees while flying, which leads to Twilight's EurekaMoment on how to get the history into her head.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s title character, who easily gets good grades but is too apathetic to do any of the other activities people try to rope her into (until she is either forced or bribed, anyway). Her best friend [[TheLancer Jane]] is similar, but in her case it's [[BookDumb not so much brilliance]] as [[OnlySaneWoman common sense]] and artistic talent.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems to have a whole race like this with the Omicronians. Their technology is far more advanced that Earth's, so much that they can threaten the Earth on a regular basis and get whatever demands they want without fear of retribution. Despite this, they seem to spend most of their time watching television. (Of course, since they see that as SeriousBusiness, it's not lazy by ''their'' definition.)
* [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Jake the Dog]] has shades of this. He wields incredible shape-shifting powers and could easily defeat most enemies that appear in the show if he applied himself, but he'd much rather be at a party or eating a sandwich. That, and [[TheHero Finn]] has so much fun battling things.
* The Cluemaster from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' was a dangerous example. A child genius, he lost a rigged game show for such children, and did NOT take it well. He became a recluse, doing nothing for decades but plotting revenge against everyone involved. Batman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls him out on this]], telling him that he could have accomplished so much in his life (like his intended victims did) if he hadn't let his pride bring him to ruin.
* [[WesternAnimation/BenTen Ben Tennyson]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce has]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien this]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse in spades]].
* Coop from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' can retrofit a giant robot from over a thousand years in the future with game controllers, new weapons, and a linkup to his car. However, he's fat, [[BasementDweller lives with his mom]], and doesn't have a job. He has no intention of changing any of this.
* Jim from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''. So much so that he basically gets paid by an advertising company for doing absolutely nothing just because he's "the young guy who knows computers" and has ''incredible'' knowledge of what appeals to the "cool" crowd.
* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is already one of the smartest characters on the show and would be extremely competent if not for his extreme apathy to everything. In ''Opposite Day'' he rebuilt Spongebob's entire ''house'' all by himself, something that, due to him hating his neighbor and wanting nothing to do with him, didn't bother to do in ''Home Sweet Pineapple''.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' certainly counts. While on the surface, Sterling Archer is a brainless egotist, the show makes it clear he genuinely ''is'' the world's most dangerous spy. Archer boasts unparalleled skills in almost every field needed to be a secret agent, incredible and in-depth knowledge about a wide variety of topics (some quite obscure), and some outright savant-like genius abilities. He's even able to count the number of shots being fired from multiple guns being used simultaneously in a fire-fight and keep track of exactly how many bullets each shooter has left. Unfortunately he's also a selfish hedonist who's concern isn't whatever mission he's supposed to be handling but rather his own comfort and (short-sighted) entertainment. His main motivation for being a secret agent seems to mostly be so he can travel the world getting drunk and bedding women.

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* Twister in ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', while certainly a BookDumb {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[TheDitz Ditz]], can be a surprisingly effective captain for his friends, coming up Noah from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. His [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkiness]] may have had something to do with that...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Rusty Venture and Pete White are both
brilliant plays scientists who tend to be incredibly halfhearted in their endeavors, and training techniques. However, at it shows. Rusty in particular, though he is capable of creating numerous death-dealing devices and created a process to cheat death through cloning and computer memory back-up, would rather sit on his ass and leech off his dead father's reputation than earn respect and admiration through his own inventions.
** Rusty is a tragic example in
the end, sense that he gives has ''plenty'' of issues due to how being a boy adventurer would actually be as well as the team captain slot back hell his father and his friends put him through. It is implied that if he did overcome the vast neuroses and psychological issues, he could surpass his father, regarding the best super scientist.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has several, with the main characters initially being like this, but quickly becoming heroes after the first episode.
** After that, the ancient hero Chi Master Dashi is shown
to Otto because be this; after saving the world once, he'd rather sit back, let his dragon do the cleanup work, and avoid people he doesn't like know trying to look for him. Once he finds out a problem is serious, however, he agrees to help.
** Raimundo especially. In
the pressure.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash,
5th episode he completely tanked a battle then after a quarter an episode of studying came back and whipped the fastest flier in Ponyville, is seen slacking off quite a bit - [[EstablishingCharacterMoment including in her first appearance]] - but repeatedly proves herself to be extremely competent. Amongst her many dramatic heroics, that same debut scene where she's seen putting off work notably ends with her clearing a cloud-filled sky in ''[[MomentOfAwesome literally]]'' [[MemeticMutation "ten seconds flat."]] In "Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3", she has absolutely no interest in ''any'' of the teaching techniques her friends try to use to teach her the History of the Wonderbolts, which she needs to pass a test to get into the famous team but didn't think she needed to worry about, leading to her neglecting it. However late in the episode, she demonstrates an ability to pick up any and ''every'' detail she sees while flying, which leads to Twilight's EurekaMoment on how to get the history into her head.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s title character, who easily gets good grades but is too apathetic to do any of the other activities people try to rope her into (until she is either forced or bribed, anyway). Her best friend [[TheLancer Jane]] is similar, but in her case it's [[BookDumb not so much brilliance]] as [[OnlySaneWoman common sense]] and artistic talent.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems to have a whole race like this with the Omicronians. Their technology is far more advanced that Earth's, so much that they can threaten the Earth on a regular basis and get whatever demands they want without fear of retribution. Despite this, they seem to spend most of their time watching television. (Of course, since they see that as SeriousBusiness, it's not lazy by ''their'' definition.)
* [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Jake the Dog]] has shades of this. He wields incredible shape-shifting powers and could easily defeat most
enemies that appear butt in the show if he applied himself, but he'd much rather be at what is possibily a party or eating a sandwich. That, and [[TheHero Finn]] has so much fun battling things.
[[CrowningMomentofAwesome CMoA]].
* The Cluemaster Master Yo from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' was ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' is a dangerous example. A child genius, he lost a rigged game show for such children, and did NOT take it well. He became a recluse, doing nothing for decades but plotting revenge against everyone involved. Batman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calls him out on this]], telling him that he could have accomplished so much in his life (like his intended victims did) if he hadn't let his pride bring him to ruin.
* [[WesternAnimation/BenTen Ben Tennyson]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce has]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien this]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse in spades]].
* Coop from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' can retrofit a giant robot from
master of Woo Foo, having complete control over a thousand years in the future with game controllers, new weapons, both Might and a linkup to his car. Magic. However, after a long and successful career of heroism, he believes he's fat, [[BasementDweller lives with his mom]], earned the right to lounge around and doesn't have a job. He has no intention of changing any of this.
* Jim from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''. So much so that he basically gets paid by an advertising company for doing absolutely nothing just because he's "the young guy who knows computers" and has ''incredible'' knowledge of what appeals to the "cool" crowd.
* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is already one of the smartest characters on the show and would be extremely competent if not for his extreme apathy to everything. In ''Opposite Day'' he rebuilt Spongebob's entire ''house'' all by himself, something that, due to him hating his neighbor and wanting nothing to
do with him, didn't bother to do in ''Home Sweet Pineapple''.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' certainly counts. While on the surface, Sterling Archer is a brainless egotist, the show makes it clear he genuinely ''is'' the world's most dangerous spy. Archer boasts unparalleled skills in almost every field needed to be a secret agent, incredible and in-depth knowledge about a wide variety of topics (some quite obscure), and some outright savant-like genius abilities.
nothing. He's only training Yin and Yang because the Woo Foo Spirits wouldn't leave him alone until he did.
** In terms of how capable he was, he was stronger and more skilled than ''Yin and Yang combined''
even able to count the number of shots being fired from multiple guns being used simultaneously when he was ''three years old'' (as shown in a fire-fight and keep track of exactly how many bullets each shooter has left. Unfortunately he's also a selfish hedonist who's concern isn't whatever mission he's supposed to be handling but rather his own comfort and (short-sighted) entertainment. His main motivation for being a secret agent seems to mostly be so an episode where he can travel the world getting drunk and bedding women. is de-aged.)
14th Nov '16 7:39:11 AM DVB
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*** This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works, though they all seemed to be connected and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.)

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*** This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works, though they works. However, it is all seemed to be connected presented in a chronological order: he spents his early adulthood in troubled state and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.as a bum before getting a job in demolition to work out his anger (while also going to night school) and eventually becomes a Cheif Justice in his older adult years.)
13th Nov '16 8:58:56 PM DVB
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** Gecko Moriah, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, has a very powerful Devil Fruit ability that lets him steal people's shadows and implant them into corpses, creating zombies. However, he's lazy as hell, which makes him much weaker than he should be. [[spoiler:In fact, he got so weak he actually lost his position as a Warlord]]. He wasn't this originally: he actually was a very proactive fighter in his youth, but [[spoiler:his brutal loss against Kaidou and having lost his crew broke him and shook his view.]] His dependence on his zombies is a result of this.

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** Gecko Moriah, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, has a very powerful Devil Fruit ability that lets him manipulate his shadow for a variety of purposes, steal people's shadows and implant them into corpses, creating zombies. However, he's lazy as hell, which makes him much weaker than he should be. [[spoiler:In fact, he got so weak weak, he actually lost his position as a Warlord]]. He wasn't this originally: originally; he actually was a very proactive fighter in his youth, but [[spoiler:his brutal loss against Kaidou and having lost Kaidou, resulting in the death of his crew broke ''broke'' him and shook his view.messed him up badly. ]] His dependence on his zombies is a result of this.
2nd Nov '16 6:21:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* ​Riley Freeman from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' is an interesting example. He's pretty smart, and occasionally displays an insight and vocabulary beyond what one would expect of an eight-year-old. However, the highest grade he's ever achieved in school is a C+ and even this he thought was too high. This is because Riley's goal in life is to emulate his favorite gangsta rappers. So it's more like Brilliant, but Ignorant. His brother Huey points out that one of his idols, [[Main/TheNotoriousBIG the Notorious B.I.G.]], was actually a decent student as a kid, much to Riley's disbelief.

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* ​Riley Freeman from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' is an interesting example. He's pretty smart, and occasionally displays an insight and vocabulary beyond what one would expect of an eight-year-old. However, the highest grade he's ever achieved in school is a C+ and even this he thought was too high. This is because Riley's goal in life is to emulate his favorite gangsta rappers. So it's more like Brilliant, but Ignorant. His brother Huey points out that one of his idols, [[Main/TheNotoriousBIG the Notorious B.I.G.]], Music/TheNotoriousBIG, was actually a decent student as a kid, much to Riley's disbelief.
30th Oct '16 5:56:03 PM SkyHavenPath13
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* ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorne'':

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* ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorne'': ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'':
29th Oct '16 6:29:51 PM dasuberkaiser
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** Bart Simpson is a good example. He can be pretty cunning, deductive, and intelligent when he puts his mind to it, particularly when up against his nemesis Sideshow Bob, but in school he'd rather do the bare minimum (if that). He mastered two languages (Spanish and French) in a relatively short time. Only to 'forget' French and have Spanish knocked out of him. And Japanese along with Homer after a short while in jail.
This also shown mixed with his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] where he's willing to do ''algebraic equations'' as a distraction from the ten page book report he was assigned. When an aptitude test shows that he's not useless and is suited to be a police officer, he unleashes that potential. [[ResetButton For a while]].
** This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works, though they all seemed to be connected and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.)

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** Bart Simpson is a good example. He can be pretty cunning, deductive, and intelligent when he puts his mind to it, particularly when up against his nemesis Sideshow Bob, but in school he'd rather do the bare minimum (if that). He mastered two languages (Spanish and French) in a relatively short time. Only to 'forget' French and have Spanish knocked out of him. And Japanese along with Homer after a short while in jail.
jail. This also shown mixed with his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] where he's willing to do ''algebraic equations'' as a distraction from the ten page book report he was assigned. When an aptitude test shows that he's not useless and is suited to be a police officer, he unleashes that potential. [[ResetButton For a while]].
** *** This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works, though they all seemed to be connected and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.)
29th Oct '16 6:25:31 PM dasuberkaiser
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** *This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works, though they all seemed to be connected and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.)

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** *This This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works, though they all seemed to be connected and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.)
26th Oct '16 11:54:10 AM SilverSupernova
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** The whole band qualifies as this as they are insanely talented musicians, but need a LOT of prodding to actually go out and do their jobs or record albums.
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